Korean Air War

Korean Air War

Sabres, MiGs and Meteors, 1950–53

General Military
  • Author: Michael Napier
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 18 Mar 2021
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From acclaimed aviation historian Michael Napier, this is a highly illustrated survey of the air war over Korea.
The Korean War holds a unique place in aviation history. It saw the first large-scale jet-versus-jet combat and it was the first military action of the Cold War, fought by both the newly independent United States Air Force and the recently formed Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force.
In a meticulously researched volume, former RAF Tornado pilot Michael Napier unravels the complex narrative of events, describing the course of operations in the air and the major campaigns of the land war. He examines in detail the air power of the major combatants, which included North and South Korea, the UK, Australia, Canada and South Africa as well as China, the USA and the USSR.
Packed with stunning contemporary images and including first-hand combat reports, Korean Air War is a groundbreaking exploration of a much forgotten conflict, which nevertheless provided lessons about the organization and prosecution of modern aerial warfare that remain relevant through to the present day.

Biographical Note

Michael Napier is an experienced author with six published titles to his name, including The Royal Air Force - a Centenary of Operations published by Osprey; two more books In Cold War Skies and The Vickers Wellington Squadrons of Bomber Command are also shortly to be published by Osprey. Michael is an ex-RAF Tornado pilot with combat experience over Iraq. He is thorough in his research and, because of his knowledge of air warfare, is highly qualified to write on the subject.


Author's Note
1. The Korean War
2. The North Korean Invasion: 25 June-31 July 1950
3. United Nations Offensive: 1 August-25 October 1950
4. The Chinese Offensives: 25 October 1950-10 February 1951
5. Offensive, Counter-Offensive and Stalemate: 11 February-31 December 1951
6. A Static War: 1 January-31 December 1952
7. Towards an Armistice: 1 January-27 July 1953
8. In Retrospect
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